Women STaRs

Women STaRs

Women STaRs (Struggles, Triumphs, and Reflections) shares the stories of professional women and the journeys they have taken. Join us as we explore the amazing stories and struggles of modern professional women like you.

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November 30, 2021 42 min

On our newest episode of Women STaRs, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Kathryn Kelley, Executive Director at Ohio Manufacturing Institute. Kathryn has served as executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute since 2013, where she develops policies and programs to support manufacturing innovation and workforce needs. Currently, she is lead coordinator of Ohio State’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology pro...

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On this episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with comedian Natasha Pearl Hansen. Natasha began her career in 2006 and is now a successful performer with her own comedy special, "I Was Supposed To Get Married Today...", as well as headlining shows across the country. With humor focused on her own struggles, her family, and her relationships, Natasha’s witty humor and talent shine thro...

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November 2, 2021 27 min

On this episode, we have a great talk with Carmen Verhosek, a Senior Attorney at AlerStallings. Carmen provides legal services, guidance and support to older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their families by helping them prepare a plan for a better quality of life, preserve wealth, and protect their future. After being a paralegal for 15 years, Carmen made an impressive choice to pursue law school and become an attorney....

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October 19, 2021 24 min

This week we’re chatting with entrepreneur Erin Toohey-Naso. In April 2020, Erin developed The Hanger Valet –an outfit organizer that hangs over an outfit on a hanger and has zippered pockets for keeping accessories, jewelry, undergarments, socks and more. Before setting off to create her own business, she was a PR and marketing consultant for more than 15 years, working with small local businesses and large national brands. Throug...

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October 5, 2021 33 min

On this week’s episode of The Women STaRs Podcast, we’re sitting down with Kionna Mcintosh-Pharms, Student Services Navigator at Lorain County Community College. In addition to over 25 years of experience in both corporate America and non-profit organizations, Kionna’s current work exemplifies how she enjoys impacting and elevating the lives of our youth. Kionna is an amazing woman who is actively involved in her community and valu...

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September 21, 2021 38 min

On this week’s special anniversary episode of Women STaRs to celebrate one year as a podcast, we’re sitting down with Lucy Fanger, Founder & CEO of On Technology Partners. Lucy began the Women STaRs Podcast as a project of her company and has been an integral part of its success. She started her career as a registered nurse at the Cleveland Clinic but started On Technology Partners in 1994 to better help people as she desired. ...

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September 7, 2021 23 min

On this episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking to Gia Bell. As a mother, community advocate, and driven worker, Gia has valuable and relatable advice that she’s gleaned from her life’s experiences, both good and bad. With awards like the 30 For the Future Award through the Young Professional Network, Congressional Recognition for her work on Autism, and much more, as well as her leadership work with or...

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August 24, 2021 35 min

In this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we are speaking with Kathryn Bryan, Ph.D., a financial planner at Skylight Financial group. Kathryn, who also goes by Katy, made a significant career change to be at her current position: after several years as a medical research fellow with the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Katy decided to enter the world of finance as a fi...

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August 10, 2021 30 min

On this week’s episode of the Women STaRs Podcast, we have small business owner Amy Witzigreuter. Amy is a challenge-driven entrepreneur with a passion for optimal health and clean, purposeful living. She is the Founder and Owner of Witzi’s Raw Granola, a successful brand of organic, grain-free, gluten-free granola. She is also a committed supporter of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a determined advocate for organ do...

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July 27, 2021 44 min

On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Nancy Hammervik, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at CompTIA. Nancy has had a successful career for 35 years, building herself up from sales assistant to CEO. As many women can relate to, she has jumped over hurdles in her professional life to succeed, such as breaking into the male-dominated world of business and feeling stifled in toxic work environments; likewise, she ha...

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July 13, 2021 27 min
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June 29, 2021 30 min

On this episode of Women STaRs, we speak with Akilah Williams. As a single mother and working professional with a lot on her plate, Akilah is someone whose own journey to self-betterment and acceptance speaks to the same obstacles and fears many of us also experience as we navigate our own lives and careers. 

Join us while Akilah discusses the “invisible beast” that is Impostor Syndrome, learning to make your own rules by letting go...

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June 15, 2021 39 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Loree Vick.  An award-winning news anchor, founder of Vick Communications, and mental health advocate, Loree describes the lessons she’s learned about appreciating life as it is, as well as the losses she has endured in both her professional and personal life, particularly the harrowing experience of losing her husband to suicide in 2005.

Loree shares her advice about turning pain into ...

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June 1, 2021 29 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with community leader and advocate, Regan Phillips. Regan has partnered with or served on boards of local schools and community and civic organizations. Diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 12 years ago, Regan shares the story of her fight to live, and how her faith and positive self-talk helped pull her through.

Join us as Regan shares how she had to reinvent herself following her ...

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May 18, 2021 45 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with the publisher and editor of the Cleveland Women’s Journal, Barbara Daniel. Barbara has faced her share of struggles over the years, from suing the City of Columbus for sex discrimination (and winning) to take the civil service exam, to enrolling in college at the age of 40, caring for loved ones in times of sickness, her own battle with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer, and gr...

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May 4, 2021 18 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Meredith Farrow. Meredith has harnessed the devastating loss of her husband’s best friend by suicide, and her own struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety, to found the Ohio-based organic hemp extract manufacturer, Clean Remedies, to help others who may be suffering.

Meredith shares the lessons she’s learned by being burned and facing challenges (professionally and personally), ...

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April 20, 2021 22 min
This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with JJ DiGeronimo. With over 20 years in the tech industry, JJ is no stranger to navigating the twists and turns of moving from entry-level positions to leadership. She is often called on to empower professional women and consult senior executives on strategies to retain, advance, and attract women in technology and other male-dominated careers.

JJ shares the power she discovered in finding...
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April 6, 2021 24 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Destiny Burns. Destiny is no stranger to working in typically male-dominated fields. Enlisting in the US Navy as a Russian Linguist, she retired 20 years later as a Cryptologic Officer and began a second career as a defense industry executive. At the age of 48, she decided to get back to her community service roots and became a volunteer firefighter. Two years later, she fulfilled her ...

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March 23, 2021 42 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Monica Robins. As an Emmy Award-winning reporter with more than 30 years of experience, Monica is no stranger to struggles. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, she faced the uphill battle of surgery, recovery, and returning to her high-profile career.

She shares how she was able to overcome the devastating news of her diagnosis, how she was able to get through those moments when she ...

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March 9, 2021 36 min

This week on Women STaRs, we are speaking with Barbara Marlowe. After reading a story about children in Iraq being unable to receive needed surgeries due to the war taking place at the time, she became captivated by a 4-year-old little girl who was severely burned by a car bomb. Thus began Barbara’s journey of compassion to help this little girl (and others like her), navigating the politics, red tape, and medical obstacles to help...

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